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Rule 128 : Release and Return of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
A. Prisoners of war must be released and repatriated without delay after the cessation of active hostilities.
B. Civilian internees must be released as soon as the reasons which necessitated internment no longer exist, but at the latest as soon as possible after the close of active hostilities.
C. Persons deprived of their liberty in relation to a non-international armed conflict must be released as soon as the reasons for the deprivation of their liberty cease to exist.
The persons referred to may continue to be deprived of their liberty if penal proceedings are pending against them or if they are serving a sentence lawfully imposed.
[IAC (A&B)/NIAC (C)]